Lightning Talks #1

Lightning Talks #1

By R Geoffrey Avery (‎rGeoffrey‎) from Philadelphia.pm
Date: Monday, 3 August 2009 17:05
Duration: 40 minutes
Target audience: Everyday Perl
Language:
Tags: fun humour

You can find more information on the speaker's site:


Schedule

* Barbie - ‎The (Abridged) Statistics Of CPAN‎
* Alex Kapranoff (‎kappa‎) - ‎The Game of Future Perl‎
* Giuseppe Maxia (‎gmax‎) - ‎MySQL::Sandbox - Perl Magic for MySQL users and DBAs‎
* Herbert Breunung (‎lichtkind‎) - ‎Kephra on rising‎

* Lars Dɪᴇᴄᴋᴏᴡ 迪拉斯 (‎daxim‎) - ‎Smart looking commit histories with git‎
* Curtis Poe (‎Ovid‎) - ‎Two Successes, One Failure‎
* Lars Thegler (‎tagg‎) - ‎Chopping up stuff‎
* Matt S Trout (‎mst‎) - ‎Rum, bloggery and the lash‎

More talks tomorrow R Geoffrey Avery (‎rGeoffrey‎) - ‎Lightning Talks #2‎


Why Would You Want to do a Lightning Talk?

Maybe you've never given a talk before, and you'd like to start small. For a Lightning Talk, you don't need to make slides, and if you do decide to make slides, you only need to make three.

Maybe you're nervous and you're afraid you'll mess up. It's a lot easier to plan and deliver a five minute talk than it is to deliver a long talk. And if you do mess up, at least the painful part will be over quickly.

Maybe you don't have much to say. Maybe you just want to ask a question, or invite people to help you with your project, or boast about something you did, or tell a short cautionary story. These things are all interesting and worth talking about, but there might not be enough to say about them to fill up thirty minutes.

Maybe you have a lot of things to say, and you're already going to give a long talk on one of them, and you don't want to hog the spotlight. There's nothing wrong with giving several Lightning Talks. Hey, they're only five minutes.

On the other side, people might want to come to a lightning talk when they wouldn't come to a long talk on the same subject. The risk for the attendees is smaller: If the talk turns out to be dull, or if the person giving the talk turns out to be a really bad speaker, well, at least it's over in five minutes. With lightning talks, you're never stuck in some boring lecture for forty-five minutes.

Still having trouble picking a topic, here are some suggestions:

1. Why my favorite module is X.
2. I want to do cool project X. Does anyone want to help?
3. Successful Project: I did project X. It was a success. Here's how you could benefit.
4. Failed Project: I did project X. It was a failure, and here's why.
5. Heresy: People always say X, but they're wrong. Here's why.
6. You All Suck: Here's what is wrong with the our community.
7. Call to Action: Let's all do more of X / less of X.
8. Wouldn't it be cool if X?
9. Someone needs to do X.
10. Wish List
11. Why X was a mistake.
12. Why X looks like a mistake, but isn't.
13. What it's like to do X.
14. Here's a useful technique that worked.
15. Here's a technique I thought would be useful but didn't work.
16. Why algorithm X sucks.
17. Comparison of algorithms X and Y.

Of course, you could give the talk on anything you wanted, whether or not it is on this list. If we get a full schedule of nothing but five minutes of ranting and raving on each topic, a good time will still be had by most.


Attended by: Tobias Henoeckl (‎hoeni‎), Jesse Vincent, Philippe Bruhat (‎BooK‎), Nicholas Clark, Alex Muntada (‎alexm‎), Patrick Michaud (‎Pm‎), Léon Brocard (‎acme‎), Martin Schipany (‎ElCondor‎), Colin Bradford (‎cjbradford‎), Dave Cross (‎davorg‎), Karl Moens (‎CountZero‎), Peter Stoehr, Barbie, Luciano Rocha (‎Strange‎), Lars Dɪᴇᴄᴋᴏᴡ 迪拉斯 (‎daxim‎), Steffen Schwigon (‎renormalist‎), Maroš Kollár (‎maros‎), José Castro (‎cog‎), Pedro Frazão, H.Merijn Brand (‎Tux‎), Renee Bäcker (‎reneeb‎), Florian Ragwitz (‎rafl‎), Andrew Shitov (‎ash‎), Pedro Figueiredo (‎pfig‎), Damian Conway (‎damian‎), Panu Ervamaa (‎pnu‎), Vincent Pit (‎vincent‎), Damon Davison (‎allolex‎), Bartosz Jakubski (‎migo‎), Thomas Klausner (‎domm‎), Peter Makholm (‎brother‎), Laurent Dami (‎dami‎), Pedro Melo (‎melo‎), Marcos Garcia (‎gulden‎), Cosimo Streppone (‎cosimo‎), Joaquín Ferrero (‎explorer‎), Armando Reis (‎AReis‎), Gabor Szabo (‎szabgab‎), Jorge Morgado, MartijnVdS, Stefano Rodighiero (‎larsen‎), Dirk De Nijs (‎ddn123456‎), David H. Adler (‎dha‎), Paul Fenwick (‎pjf‎), Luis Rodrigues (‎goblin‎), Clinton Gormley (‎DrTech‎), Roman Baumer (‎rba‎), Stig Palmquist (‎stigtsp‎), Giuseppe Maxia (‎gmax‎), Søren Lund (‎slu‎), James Laver (‎jjl‎), Roberto Henríquez, Luis Motta Campos (‎LMC‎), Bernhard Schmalhofer (‎bernhard‎), Jordi Porta, Fernando Vezzosi (‎Bucciarati‎), Michele Beltrame (‎arthas‎), Maciej Czekay (‎Bruno‎), Markus Wichmann (‎telemorphix‎), Tina Müller (‎tinita‎), Jozef Kutej (‎jozef‎), Éric Cholet (‎echo‎), Carlos Pires (‎acmpires‎), Arjen Laarhoven, Marcel Grünauer (‎Marcel‎), Gianni Ceccarelli (‎dakkar‎), Thierry Douez (‎tdz‎), Canol Gokel, Bálint Szilakszi (‎szbalint‎), Walt Mankowski (‎waltman‎), JJ Allen, Adrian Arnautu, Joerg Meltzer (‎codeacrobat‎), Salve J. Nilsen (‎sjn‎), Mário Barbosa, Billy Abbott (‎cowfish‎), Marco Neves (‎themage‎), Rui Pereira, David Faux, Abigail, Jose L. Hernandez, Wendy Van Dijk (‎woolfy‎), Mark Morgan, Ronald Blaschke (‎rblasch‎), Filipe Moreira, Aristotle, Sérgio Bernardino (‎smpb‎), Rui Patinha (‎rfp‎), Mark Stewart, Salvador Fandiño (‎salva‎), Abe Timmerman (‎abeltje‎), Stelios Gikas (‎sgikas‎), Pedro Rodrigues (‎careca‎), Henrik Tougaard (‎htoug‎), Solli Honorio (‎shonorio‎), Michael Zedeler (‎mzedeler‎), Jörg Plate (‎Patterner‎), BinGOs, Lars Thegler (‎tagg‎), Jorge Bras, Franck Cuny, Michael Kröll (‎pepl‎), Enrique Nell (‎e-nell‎), João Carreira, Stefan Hornburg (‎racke‎), Michael Langner, Stan Sawa, Rosellyne Worrall (‎rozallin‎), Tom Hukins, Chisel Wright, Sergio Arias, Elizabeth Mattijsen (‎liz‎), Alex Kapranoff (‎kappa‎), Hugo Costa, Carl Mäsak (‎masak‎), Flavio Poletti (‎polettix‎), Curtis Poe (‎Ovid‎), Henrik Hald Nørgaard, António Martins (‎ammartins‎), Bogdan Lucaciu (‎zamolxes‎), jani, Elizabeth Cholet (‎zrusilla‎), Markus Pinkert (‎Bedivere‎), Jordi Delgado (‎jdelgado‎), Cláudio Valente, Markus Förster, Raimon Grau, Farley Balasuriya (‎Questorian‎), Anders Nielsen (‎anielsen‎), Petru Ratiu (‎rpetre‎), Alexandru Nedelcu, Jacinta Richardson (‎jarich‎), Darius Jokilehto, Ulrich Wisser (‎wisser‎), Ruslan Zakirov (‎ruz‎), Andreas Hetey, Adam Reeks, Jan Henning Thorsen (‎batman‎), Drew Taylor (‎drewbie‎), Christian Westgaard (‎ComLock‎), Manuel Gomes (‎wagemage‎), Lars Holgaard, Cosmin Budrica (‎cosmincx‎), Ricardo Marques (‎ricmarques‎), Luís Miguel Braga (‎microft‎), Paula Valenca (‎phantas‎), Wieland Gmeiner, Smylers, David Leadbeater (‎dg‎), Nicolas Mendoza (‎nicomen‎), Peter Edwards (‎peterdragon‎), Jørgen Elgaard Larsen (‎elhaard‎), Leo Lapworth (‎Ranguard‎), Enrique J Hernandez Blasco (‎sixstone‎), Hermen Lesscher (‎hermen‎), Francisco Lourenço (‎fml‎), Marco Baan (‎pzt‎), Andrew Beech, Espen Myhre (‎espenmy‎), Lech Baczyński (‎lechu‎), Luís Mendes (‎big‎), Lutz Gehlen, Herbert Breunung (‎lichtkind‎), Sébastien Aperghis-Tramoni (‎Maddingue‎), Olivier Mengué (‎dolmen‎),